Styling the Pear Shape

If you have the gorgeous pear shaped physique, you’re not alone.  It’s one of the most common female body types.  The pear body shape consists of upper thighs that are larger in circumference than the hip circumference and is usually accompanied by smaller shoulder width and a smaller bust.

Pears are not necessarily overweight, it all comes down to proportions.

The primary goal of styling the pear is to draw attention up toward the neckline away from the hips.  This can be accomplished with necklines that create interest, such as V-necks, asymmetric necklines, sweetheart necklines, boatnecks and sleeves.  Jewelry can also be a nice way to draw attention.  Pears usually always look lovely in dresses that don’t cling to the hips like A-line.

Styling the pear shape
photo: youqueen.com

The green dress above is a beautiful choice for the pear shape; the gathering of the fabric in the bodice accentuates the hourglass and the side panels that flow away break apart the bottom half into three sections, forcing the eye to mostly focus on the center panel.  The champagne dress above is a wonderful example of using a little bling and draping to draw the focus away from the hips, her right side is concealed behind the ruffle detail.  The black dress is a more daring way to flatter the pear.  Sequins on the bodice combined with the wrapping of the fabric command attention.  I love that she’s wearing a tighter bottom that flares out; the flare adds balance and drama to the hourglass shape.

Styling the Pear Shaped Body
Photo: Huffington Post

The above dresses all show how choosing a silhouette that doesn’t cling to the legs is flattering.  They are also more fitted at the natural waist (which is the smallest part of the waist), which is a nice asset to the pear woman.

Styling the Pear Shape
Photo: Tokyofashionguide.com

I have muscular legs and I used to be afraid of wearing loose fitting pants because I felt like they would make me look larger from the waist down.  Honestly, if they fit right, they are so flattering!  I cannot stress enough that we are our own worst critics.  It’s a great idea to shop with a friend who can keep you from being to hard on yourself.  Shown above, you can see that the baggy pant hides the hips and thighs, while showing off the small waist.

Styling the Pear Shaped Body
Photo: wardrobelooks.com

Notice that each of these women use the neckline as a point of interest.

Styling the Pear Shaped Body
Photo: it.paperblog.com

Shorts can be challenging for the pear shaped goddess.  You’ll want to avoid super short shorts and try something a little less constricting.  Bermuda shorts can be a nice somewhat dressier option, but the shorter you are, the more they visually cut you in half, so shorter women should try to stick to a length closer to the above look.

Styling the Pear Shaped Body
Photo: perezhilton.com

Always fashionable, Kelly Osbourne, uses a tie and chiffon sleeves as a focal point in this outfit.  As a rule, smaller prints generally make a person look smaller and larger prints make a person look larger, so if you are trying to minimize an area, a smaller print would be the right choice.

Styling the pear shaped body
Photo: glamour.com

Glamour illustrates what a difference the silhouette of a dress can make.

Styling the pear shaped body
Photo: Pinterest.com

I like the way a jacket can instantly slim the figure by dividing the body into sections.

Pear shaped woman are everywhere, if you find yourself in need of more guidance, there is no shortage of Instagram pics of celebs rocking this beautiful figure.  I’m always here it help if you have questions.

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Kate Thakkar

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